18th Annual Edition
November 6-16, 2014 

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HARD LOOK

SHORTS PRESENTATION | RATED 14A

From the full frontal stare of an unbatting, mascara-laced eye to the dispassionate gaze of a child who has seen it all, these films consider fallen heroes and arrested dreams. the stirring complexity of these films raises the bar and questions what it means to measure up.

- Serena Lee

SUN NOV 11, 3:00 PM

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Nobu Adilman | Canada 2012 | 6:00 | Director in Attendance
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Cinema’s heavyweights are graded according to strange tides in this unorthodox list.

Toronto-based artist Nobu Adilman works in television, film, music, journalism, podcasting and web interactive. To celebrate the opening of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, he produced and directed the short documentary Starting Over: The Legacy of Leslie and Clara Reitman, and most recently founded choir! choir! choir!

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MY GRANDPA
Eui Yong Zong | Canada 2011 | 10:11 | Korean w/Eng. sub. | Director in Attendance
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Shooting with an unwavering lens, Eui Yong Zong confronts his family about his grandfather, a patriarch who was abandoned by his parents, failed in business and was a narcissistic pessimist. His death prompted no mourning in his children but served as an unlikely childhood inspiration to the filmmaker.

Born in South Korea and raised in Northern China, Eui Yong Zong moved to Canada at the age of 16. Yong was a recipient of 2011 Allan King Memorial Prize for his short film.

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LACK OF EVIDENCE (MANQUE DE PREUVES)
Hayoun Kwon | France 2011 | 9:20 | French w/English subtitles
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Lack of Evidence retraces the escape of a Nigerian child from a ritual killing at the hands of his father, who believes his twin sons are cursed. in this testimony reconstructed through hauntingly beautiful animation and voice- over, we follow the journey of the surviving twin who escapes to Europe where he must face bureaucratic asylum procedures that demand proof where there is none.

Born in Seoul in 1981, Hayoun Kwon studied at the studio Le Fresnoy - National Studio of Contemporary Arts in France. Hayoun explores the story of her home country and the difficult and complex relationships it has been maintaining with Japan.

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Natalia Trebik, Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains
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TRANSIAM
Wesley Cho | South Korea 2011 | 22:14 | Thai w/English subtitles
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Surrounded by hedonistic glamour and perilous sexual politics in a society that will not officially recognize their identities, four Thai transsexuals describe living and working as “Ladyboys” in Bangkok and Pattaya. Whether their hearts are set on tiaras or acceptance by family members, the stakes are high in this compelling and candid documentary.

Wesley Cho was born in 1981 in Seoul. He grew up in Canada and graduated from Chung-Ang University in 2006, majoring in Film and Theatre. He is currently studying for his PhD in Film & Visual at Dong-Guk University.

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YeunHee Chan, AMUSE
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BROTHERS
Lou Nakasako | USA 2011 | 11:24
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Growing up on the gritty streets of Los Angeles, Song has always received the good grades, sitting shotgun to his reckless older brother, Gai Daan. With one mistake threatening to topple his dreams of collegiate success, Song learns through Gai Daan that honour is a complicated family affair and not a simple distinction of good and bad.

Lou Nakasako hails from San Francisco and holds a BA in Film and Television from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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ME LLAMO PENG (MY NAME IS PENG)
Victoria Molina de Carranza & Jahel José Guerra Roa | Spain 2010 | 28:19 | Mandarin w/English subtitles
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Peng stares into his camcorder and with his down-to-earth charm draws the viewer into the unsentimental world of a Chinese immigrant drifting through Europe. Blurring the distinctions of autobiography and fiction, and amassed from years of working factory and restaurant jobs, this video-diary archives the day-to-day victories of an outsider’s survival.

Victoria Molina de Carranza was born in Málaga, Spain, and has collaborated as a producer, screenwriter and actress in several shorts. Jahel José Guerra Roa hails from Falcón, Venezuela but has lived in the United States, France and Barcelona, where she met Peng. This encounter resulted in de Carranza and Roa’s first documentary, produced while studying at the UAB.

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VENUE INFO:

Venue:
The Royal   -   Map
Street:
608 College St @ Clinton
City:
Toronto